Judge Propst's Rules on Leading Questions



1. Except when the last sentence of Rule 611(c) is clearly applicable, do not lead on direct. Ask questions in a fashion which does not suggest the answer.

2. On cross-examination, leading questions should be succinct and not loaded or long, rambling statements. The evidence should not be recounted. The question should be a question within itself. Do not make a long, rambling, compound statement and then say

"Did you?"

"Isn't that true?"

"Have you?"

"Do you agree?"

"Correct?" etc.

Do not argue.

Again, with emphasis:

1. Do not lead on direct.

2. On cross, do not lead, ramble, or make long, rambling compound statements followed by: "Isn't that true," "correct," "do you agree," etc. or other second questions. Ask succinct, one sentence questions, even when leading.

To do to the contrary, leads to excessive delays. Repeated violations will result in sanctions. Interim violations may result in open court corrections.

Do not make argumentative asides or engage in repartee with opposing counsel.